Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. imperialists were defeated in Viet Nam. Photos showed them scrambling to escape Viet Nam, trying to save the last of their worthless skins from the wrath of people's war. After 15 years of courageous resistance against every form of criminal aggression by the U.S. invaders, the people of Viet Nam succeeded in chasing the imperialists from their land and won total victory. In the mid-1950s, the Vietnamese people had already completely defeated the French colonialists and they suffered greatly at the hands of first the French colonialists and then the U.S. imperialists.
On this occasion, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends its warmest revolutionary greetings to the Vietnamese people and their revolutionary leadership. CPC(M-L) will forever hold in highest regard the Vietnamese resistance, the great leader of Viet Nam, Comrade Ho Chi Minh, and the other revolutionary Vietnamese leaders. Ho Chi Minh summed up the struggle of his people in Hanoi in May, 1969: "My only desire is that all of our Party and people, closely united in struggle, construct a peaceful, unified, independent, democratic and prosperous Viet Nam, and make a valiant contribution to the World Revolution."
The government of Canada played a nefarious role in the Viet Nam War. While not at war with Viet Nam Canada covertly assisted the U.S. in myriad ways. In 1962, the Canadian delegation was the main author of the Special Report to the Co-Chairman of the Geneva Conference on Indo-China that "justified" U.S. allegations of "internal aggression" by North Viet Nam. In this way Canada supported the false claim of "two Viet Nams." Then Prime Minister Diefenbaker's external affairs secretary stated in 1962 that "any action the U.S. has taken has been in a measure of defence against communist action." In 1965 Paul Martin Senior spoke for Pearson's Liberal government stating that "the American forces were in their right in answering those attacks against them and South Viet Nam." Canadian delegates furnished the U.S. with strategic intelligence and relayed threats issued by the American military. The Canadian government let the U.S. use Canadian facilities for training exercises and weapons testing. Canadian companies exported billions of dollars of military supplies such as ammunition, napalm, and Agent Orange to the United States, which were later used against the Vietnamese people.
Memorial to the courageous Vietnamese resistance at the site of the infamous My Lai massacre by U.S. forces.
The Vietnamese people suffered tremendous losses as a result of this Anglo-American Cold War "democracy." In the name of this "democracy" brutal aggressions were also launched against Korea, against the peoples of Indochina, and against other peoples of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the former Soviet Union and the peoples' democracies, leaving behind hundreds and thousands of victims. The open wars of aggression were accompanied by covert dirty wars carried out under the auspices of the CIA which left millions of victims. The examples are well-known: Greece, Korea, Viet Nam, Iran, Indonesia, Cuba, Guatemala, the Congo, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Grenada, Panama, Venezuela, to name only a few. Today, at a time this Cold War "democracy" has reinvented itself, the dirty war tactics that were once carried out under covert operations have been formally adopted as the official tactics of the U.S. imperialists and its allies including Canada as seen in Iraq and Afghanistan. The actions of Israel in the Middle East are another case in point. While first the Korean people and then the Vietnamese people defeated the U.S. imperialists, the peoples of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean have also dealt them one resounding defeat after another and are defending their democratic rights and opposing impunity. Nevertheless, the U.S. imperialists, Canada and the Big Powers of old Europe are declaring that the dirty wars through which crimes were committed against humanity by engaging in horrendous illegal activities, all justified in the name of fighting communism, should now be made legal in the name of fighting terrorism and defending national security. This must not pass! The sacrifices of the Vietnamese and world's people will not be in vain!
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the heroic victory of the liberation movement of the Vietnamese people against the U.S. imperialist aggressors, let us step up the struggle against U.S. imperialist aggression and war!